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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 2, 2012 5:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: A quarter of a century ago

What a great show! I was in college at the time and a friend of mine and I had made a bunch of shirts to sell to finance our trip. We headed down to Worcester that day, getting there just in the nick of time to grab some paper and get in the doors. No time to sell shirts, so I think I may have had two dollars to my name and it was just enough. Spirits were high since Garcia was on back from his latest near death experience and playing like he hadn't in years.

When the show opened with Cold Rain we knew we were in for a great night. This show isn't anything special on paper, but the band was just pulsing with energy. We started out the night in the hallways dancing. The arena had set up speakers along the outer ring and for some reason I never even made it inside for the entire first set. There was no reason. Plenty of room out in the hall and the sound was great, and Garcia was ON every note! The feeling in the halls was something I will never forget. Similar to a rainbow gathering, but with more soap.

Far From Me was one of the best I have ever heard, full of energy. Mexicali, normally not a favorite, was so fun every face wore a smile. And during BIODTL Jerry showed us what he was capable of. Check out the Jerry's licks at about 1:30 just after Bobby sings the line "Down in Joe Brown's coal mine", you'll see what I mean! Everything he played came out gold. And you could see he was in to it. Huge smiles all around. Deep knee bends during the deep grooves. You name it. By this point the paper had started doing it's thing and as the band gelled so did I.

The second set was a complete masterpiece. Again, pretty average on paper, but the playing was flawless. My friends and I finally went inside the arena and found a corner to twirl in. My memories from this point get pretty fuzzy, but I do know that by time they got to Black Peter the crowd had become one giant organism that I felt like I could dive in to and become a part of. I smartly deduced that such actions may be in the realm of self-destructive in the real world and held my swam dive in check, but to this day I have never felt anything more complete and better. Seriously.

To this day it is one of the best times I have ever had at a show. I have seen bigger "milestones" and more spectacular set lists, but when it comes down to that ineffable thing that we all seek in a show, I have never seen it's equal.

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Poster: ducats Date: Apr 2, 2012 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A quarter of a century ago

u saw the deep knee bends from the hallway?

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Poster: barongsong Date: Apr 2, 2012 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A quarter of a century ago

Was one of my first shows too and remember it it as a most amazing experience. I know what you mean about the Rainbow gathering feel outside and really never saw it quite like that again. For some reason this show had a very different ( know this is going to sound cheezy but...) aura about it and I still don't know why.
I'd like to think it was the newness about being at a Dead show but I'd been there before and after and none of the shows compared in my view to the overall strangeness (in a good way mostly) of the scene.
That was only outside of course. inside it was also amazing but more normal somehow and will forever rank as one of the best shows I ever saw in regards to overall energy blowin the roof off kind of stuff.

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 2, 2012 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH 1987, in other words

TDIH 1987, in other words

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Apr 2, 2012 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Similar to a rainbow gathering, but with more soap

ha ha ha!

Very true though...

I loved every night of that Worcester run. I too was in college, in Danbury CT, and we drove back and forth to each of thses shows so I could go to class - just shows that you only really need half a brain if you have 100% motivation...

On the way to this show we got pulled over by a Mass Statey because my one friend is the extreme cop magnet. As the patrol car pulled along side of us, my friend realized it was a female officer and he oogled her - saying to us in the car "man look at that, a hot cop". No sooner had those words left his lips and she slowed down, pulled in right behind us an Whamo - on come the lights. I was driving and my car had Cali plates, I had a CT DL and we were a bunch stoned college students on the way to the show in Mass. Luckily I had a way of using the force under these types of circumstances.

Me: "we're just college students on our way to Boston"

Her: "You look like college students, you must heading to Boston"

Me: "you don't need to search the car"

her: "I don't need to search the car"

Me: "He didn't mean anything by that"

Her: "I guess he didn't mean anything by that"

Me: "we'll just get going and we won't cause any more trouble"

Her: "go on your way and don't cause any more trouble"

It was always my job to talk to the police when things got dicey...and I was almost always able to talk my way out of trouble...even with cuffs on...and material in my pocket...but thats from another time and another Dead show.

Spring '87 was fun fun fun!